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Forest Resources Library (FRL)

Carol Green reports, "FRL has been busy this fall. Open reserve shelves and tables uncluttered with carrel tops are popular. After a rocky initial period, our new copier is functioning reasonably well and most users have received new copy cards.

Some highlights of Autumn Quarter:

  • Betsy Wilson was appointed as the new Director of Libraries starting January 1, 2001. Ms. Wilson has been the Associate Director for Research and Instructional Services since 1992 overseeing all public services in the Libraries. We welcome her vision of the Libraries as a user-centered institution and her emphasis on information literacy initiatives. We expect strong support for the FRL as we continue to provide the kinds of services that the CFR community wants and needs.
  • You can now search Cascade, the combined catalog for the seven public four-year academic institutions within Washington State, including the UW Law School. If you don't find what you are looking for in the UW Libraries Catalog, select "Repeat request in Cascade" to see if one of the other libraries have it. You can also go directly to Cascade from the Catalog main page. Requests for material from a Cascade library take three to five days to show up in FRL.
  • Printing within the Libraries has been problematic for some time, primarily due to the cost of providing this service. Our old printers will not handle Web based images and we have not been able to afford high-end printers. To help alleviate some of the problem, we are connecting all the FRL Public PCs to the Bloedel 311 computer lab. Students can send printing requests directly to the lab's printer, then retrieve and pay for them in the lab. The same payment policies are in effect that apply in the lab. Printing requests can also be sent to other libraries and copy centers around campus.
  • Space is always at a premium in FRL. Since there is no way to move out the walls, we have to move materials out from time to time. During Autumn Quarter we moved over 3,500 volumes (nearly 290 linear feet) to storage locations. These materials still appear in the UW Libraries Catalog and are available for retrieval through the "Request" function.

The staff of FRL wish you a very Happy New Year."

There are three ways to access licensed databases and other restricted tools from your home computer or other non UW browsers.

1. Use the UW Connectivity kit to dial in to the UW and sign in with your UWNetID.

2. Use the Libraries Proxy Server from the Information Gateway (select "Starting Points", scroll down to item 5 and click onto the Proxy Server). Using the barcode on the back of your Husky Card and a Libraries PIN you can thus gain access through your independent service provider.

3. Use the new MyUW feature from the main UW home page. Under the "Information For" heading enter either the Faculty/Staff area or the Students area and select the MyUW icon in the upper left of the screen. Enter your UWNetID user name and password. Library databases are under the "References" tab on the MyUW page.

Elisabeth Miller Library

Local horticulturist Roy Davidson (author of Lewisias, published by Timber Press) died recently, leaving the Miller Library his impressive collection of horticulture books.

The Library is in the midst of its year-end matching grant campaign to help complete this year's $30,000 matching grant from the Miller Charitable Foundation.

Staff is busy with new programs and improvements, as the library received word that the Miller Charitable Foundation plans to fully fund the 2001 grant request. New furniture and display fixtures are being purchased, a professional is being hired to redesign the Web page, and plans are being made to start a Plant Answer Line (like the Quick Information Lines at public libraries).

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